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Oxford Castle & Prison

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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All reviews guided tour malmaison hotel great tour spiral staircase interesting visit interesting history worth a visit worth the climb couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda inmates rowland molly
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Reviewed today

Had a great time visiting here and would recommend anyone wanting to see what it was like when it was being used

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank shirleywhelan1
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When it has long since fulfilled a multitude of purposes but is incapable of defending Oxford from invaders. When there is nothing left of its main tower and fortifications other than a mound up which on Heritage Open Days one can climb for free in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a great afternoon exploring this castle and prison great information from guide really enjoyable visit

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Maria O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Most of the prison is now Mal Maison Hotel. But you can see what it was like and get a good view from the tower. The tour guide has some interesting stories of what life was like as an inmate.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rustybike123
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The prison itself was very interesting but our tour was made by Charlie. Really knowledgeable about the history of the prison and showed a real passion for the role.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Rydaw989
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very interesting place. the Jailhouse was well presented sand the staff very informative - explained a lot about the working when it was in use,

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank PeterC4595
Reviewed 1 week ago

Alastair our guide was absolutely awesome, brought history back to life! Thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating place with a 1000 years of history. The guide brought history to life and even got my teenager involved and interested. The view from the top of the tower is worth the effort. Definitely worth a trip.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Dani G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last minute decision with the grandchildren ,very informative and interesting....learnt a lot about our local history and the excellent guide made it exciting if a little scary for the children but not tooooooo scary😂

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kim G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the castle and realy enjoyed the guided tour. Full of information and led by a lively lady who engaged with everyone. Castle history was interesting and intriguing. A shame i couldn't go up the tower as steep and babies not allowed up there -...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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April 29, 2019|
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Response from 641LucyM641 | Reviewed this property |
The main tower isn’t accessible for (I think) under 5’s. It’s also got a lot of steps in a tight spiral staircase. If any of your party can’t go up the tower then they put a video on downstairs for you to watch
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March 14, 2019|
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Response from stevemQ91UQ | Reviewed this property |
Yep. malmaison com Book direct with them for best prices!
February 11, 2019|
Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance